« Effective journalists must not feel inhibited in expressing and practicing the core values that drive them and their work. »
My core values, as a journalist are:
You don’t have to believe in my values. But if you want to attract an audience in the competitive online information market, I think you need to choose some values to believe in, and to express them, defend them, and practice them before your audience. Readers, now that they have more choices, want to know whose side you are on.
Questions about funding models, business structure, technical innovation and social media won’t matter a lick to journalists who can’t attract and hold an audience. »
« Eric Schmidt, who will keynote the Newspaper Association of America’s annual convention, runs the search engine company and advertising beast that many journalists at sick and/or dying newspapers blame for sucking up some of their advertising dollars. »
Debates on the fate of newspapers seem to get quite emotional.
Yes. You can see discussions on this in a lot of blogs and forums. Many people think that newspapers have to survive because they have a mission for society, for democracy. Most of them say that newspapers should stay because, if newspapers die, nothing will replace them.
But that’s not actually true. It’s already slowly being replaced by the Internet. Blogs, for example, are an opinion-making medium. They’ll probably become more powerful than the newspapers themselves were.
I think we should all accept the thought that, one day, there won’t be any printed newspapers. There will be niche products for smaller groups — exclusive things that are reminders of the old times. But I don’t believe the general newspapers, in the state that we know them now, will survive.
L’imaginaire fonctionne à plein sur le sujet: avec la fondation, c’en serait fini des actionnaires pénibles et (forcément) cupides, prompts à exiger des réductions de coûts aux premiers nuages, la «religion» du profit ne serait plus qu’un souvenir, etc.